Buddhism and trade: interpreting the distribution of rock-cut monasteries in the Western Ghats mountains, India using least-cost pathsTrade is frequently cited as the primary influence on the florescence of rock-cut Buddhist monasteries in the Western Ghats mountains, India between 200 BCE and 400 CE. Yet the monasteries have been foci of art-historical scholarship without detailed investigation of archaeology and geography. The relationship between monasteries, trade routes, ports...
Journal articleA plethora of data attest to the importance of connections across the Indian Ocean during the first millennium BC. Literary and archaeological evidence indicate that an Indian Ocean trade network had been established that facilitated the exchange of diverse goods between East Africa, Egypt, Arabia, South East Asia and South...